'MAD' to madness on the wings of 'paradise'
According to a recent Zogby poll, a majority of likely voters -- 52 percent -- "would support a U.S. military strike to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon."
Therefore: BREAKING NEWS!! . . ."The United States and Israel have begun a widespread bombing campaign in Iran, in an effort to destroy that regime's nuclear weapons program. The attack comes on the heels of the president's dramatic announcement that he now has irrefutable proof Iran is constructing a nuclear weapon. The administration refused to disclose where the proof came from or how it was obtained, stating the information is top secret and a matter of national security. President Bush says the bombing will continue as long as Iran refuses to disclose where the weapons, and the 'weapon related program activities,' are hidden.”
There you go. See how simple that was?
Another sovereign nation attacked, hundreds of thousands of civilians dead, hundreds of billions of dollars spent, and a "blowback" potential that could trigger a nuclear holocaust. All because 52 percent have shown they can easily be duped into thinking it's a good idea.
Come on, people. Can you really be this gullible and naïve, yet again? Aren't you somewhat embarrassed by how easy this has become? It's like bamboozling first graders out of their lunch money by telling them an evil elf has stolen Santa's sleigh and we need funds to help him get it back. "And we must act soon, kids, before that evil elf uses it to fly to your house and kill you while you sleep!!"
When it comes to important issues such as bombing or invading other countries, can't we at least be as discerning as . . . well, maybe eighth graders? Is that too high a bar to set?
I don't know how it could be any clearer. Nothing the Bush administration says or does can be trusted. Absolutely nothing. Same goes for their neocon backers, the sycophants in Congress, and the corporate media. It's all theater, designed to hoodwink the credulous.
Don't you get that by now?
In case anyone suspects I'm being the naïve one here, let me clarify my position.
I know we have a real problem on our hands with radical elements of fundamentalist Islam getting their hands on nuclear weapons. As Sam Harris points out in "The End of Faith," there will be no Soviet Union era deterrent like "MAD" (mutually assured destruction) amongst people who "grow dewy-eyed at the mere mention of paradise." Our only response may very well turn out to be "an unconscionable act of self-defense."
He concludes further on: "All of this is perfectly insane, of course: I have just described a plausible scenario in which much of the world's population could be annihilated on account of religious ideas that belong on the same shelf with Batman, the philosopher's stone, and unicorns. That it would be a horrible absurdity for so many of us to die for the sake of myth does not mean, however, that it could not happen."
To further complicate matters, we have our own "dewy-eyed" in this country, also rapturous over the prospect of nuclear war, thereby turning the whole concept of "MAD" on its head! From "MAD" to madness on the wings of 'paradise'!
I'll admit, I don't know what the answer to this predicament is. But then, I'm not necessarily supposed to know. That's why I pay vast sums of money to employ people to solve this type of thing for me. We call it government.
One thing I do know is there's a right way and a wrong way to go about doing things. And being a relatively bright, and reasonably informed eighth grader, I'm pretty certain this bullying, bomb them back to the stone age, world domination fantasy the neocons are engaged in is as wrong, dangerous, and counterproductive as it could be. We're not fighting terrorism and terrorists by invading and destroying Muslim countries, we're creating them, by the millions!
And that may be exactly what their intention was, and is. What better way to con us out of our "lunch money" and get us to cower under our beds in fear, rather than pay attention to what's really going on?
There's a better way. But it's going to take a mature and reasoned approach, not a Pavlovian 'wet your pants' panic every time someone yells boo.